Friday, June 10, 2011


Due to the forecast for this morning:

The weather conditions MAY POSSIBLY permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

Residents please be advised that spraying activities may occur today, however companies are required to give 24 hour notification prior to spraying.

Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.

Please note: Due to the wet conditions of the soil and rain in the forecast again tonight, the application of pesticides will cause greater runoff pollution and leaching of pesticides.

Current Conditions
13 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
6:30 AM NDT Friday 10 June 2011

  • Condition:
    101.2 kPa
    10 km
    Air Quality Health Index:

  • Temperature:
    92 %

Today: Periods of drizzle ending this morning then cloudy. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 18. UV index 4 or moderate. Tonight: Cloudy. Rain beginning this evening. Amount 10 mm. Fog patches developing this evening. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h overnight. Low 10.

Tip of the day!

Those who use pesticides near bodies of water and wells must adhear to the buffer zones found in the Operators Licence and on the product label.

A water body is defined as:

Any surface (high water mark) or subterranean source of fresh or salt water within the province, whether such course usually contains water or not, and includes coastal water within the jurisdiction of the province and includes water above the bed of the sea that is within the jurisdiction of the province, any river, stream, brook, creek, water course, lake, pond, spring, lagoon, ravine, gully, canal and any other flowing or standing water and the land usually or at the time covered by any such body of water.

Pesticides can contaminate both surface and groundwater. When water is contaminated it can become toxic to humans, wildlife (on land and water), domestic animals and plants.

Pesticides can move from their target to contaminate water through adsorption, desorption, absorption, volatilization, spray drift, runoff, leaching and degradation. 

Current provincial weather regulations:

-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%

Where to report a violation

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My Past Articles

More enforcement needed for pesticide spray regulations
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 413 words
Karen Griffin - Judie Squires says someone needs to patrol the companies that spray residential areas for pesticides because she's observed nine violations of the Environmental Protection Act in her Paradise neighborhood alone

Spray woes: Province falling down on monitoring pesticides
The Telegram (St. John's) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 253 words
Judie Squires - environment to become poisoned? A temporary ban on all residential pesticides has to be put into place, to protect us, our wildlife and our environment as a whole. Judie Squires Paradise

Government lax on cosmetic pesticide regulation: advocate
The Telegram (St. John's) - 08-28-2004 - 613 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic the province will ban cosmetic use

Woman doesn't expect cosmetic pesticide ban any time soon
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - 08-30-2004 - 712 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic that the province will ban the

Province lagging behind in pesticide control
The Telegram (St. John's) - 09-04-2005 - 496 words
Squires, Judie - it to do is to prohibit the cosmetic use of synthetic pesticides altogether in order to protect our citizens and the environment. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

The two sides to pesticide use
The Telegram (St. John's) - 07-16-2006 - 781 words
Judie Squires - health of your families. When Canada's most respected health authorities tell us pesticides threaten our health, we should all be listening. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

Inquiry implicates BTk
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 353 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - of trees. The live spores can be inhaled by humans and animals exposed to BT. Judie Squires, secretary of the Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, says despite claims that

Delayed pesticide laws 'disappointing'
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 833 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - at the end of this year. These products will only be sold to certified dealers. Judie Squires, secretary of the newly formed Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, isn't

Above Articles available through Trancontinental Newsnet

Time for provincial lawn pesticide regulation
The Telegram (St. John's) - 03-14-2009 - 419 words
pesticides. Please join me in lobbying our province for a pesticide ban Judie Squires Portugal Cove...

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